MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) _ A Canadian mining engineer and Nicaraguan soldier held by a guerrilla group were freed on Wednesday after 34 days of captivity, according to a human rights group.

The Nicaraguan Human Rights Center said Manley Guarducci of Canada and soldier Orlando Rocha were freed by the Andres Castro United Forces. The two were seized a mine near the town of Bonanza, about 185 miles northeast of the capital.

The Front initially demanded $1.5 million in ransom as well as aid promised by the government during a 1997 demobilization by the group, which is made up of former Sandinista soldiers. The government said it refused the demands.